... not completely anyway ;-)
I did, like, no knitting for months. I didn't have a spare second or so it felt, and full-time work with a long commute was just kicking me in the proverbial butt! Life is starting to settle somewhat, it's actually pretty good these days! Sure, I could write long novels about everything that still sucks (such as still living in a pretty horrible shared house, still having no more space than one shared room for B and I for almost 3 years now ...) but compared to the non-life I had back in Germany it's pretty cool now!!
In January I switched to working 4-day weeks, and I slowly feel like I'm gaining some quality time back. And I've decided that some of this time needs to be spent knitting ;-)
Except for a pair of socks for Mam I didn't do any knitting at all but now that I've been to the Handwerkbeurs in Zwolle and did some yarn-shopping I'm all fired up. I bought some goooorgeous alpaca yarn
which I want to turn into a shawl but I haven't decided on a pattern yet. A new Kiri?! Flowerbasket Shawl? I had that pattern on my old computer but I haven't found it here yet. I love that Swallowtail Shawl but I'm not sure I can find that Interweave Knits now. Hmm.
I also bought some bright-coloured merino sock yarn
and some very yummy 100% wool sock yarn which is the coolest sock yarn I've knit with so far! It's from Storm Op Zolder, a Dutch online shop, and it's just scrumptious:
I cast on for socks right away, and I'm almost done with the first one. Here's a camphone snapshot of the cuff:
I'm excited about getting back into the swing of knitting :-) I'm debating whether or not to sign up for SP10 - and I need to drop The Giving Flower an email and ask whether I can still buy one of her funky sockfish!